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NASDCTEc Board of Directors Approve Common Standards for Career Technical Education

SILVER SPRING, MD (June 11, 2012) – This week, the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) approved the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality CTE standards. The move sets the stage for the public release of the standards at the National Career Clusters ™ Institute on June 19, 2012.

“Career Technical Education State Directors have a vision for all CTE programs to meet consistent high-quality standards, and the Common Career Technical Core is the vehicle we have developed to help meet our goal,” said Patrick Ainsworth, NASDCTEc President and California CTE State Director.

“We engaged leading experts in the education, industry and technical fields to help develop and validate the CCTC so that they include standards that are aligned to the education and workforce needs of the global economy, and ultimately prepare our students to succeed.“

Forty-two states, Washington, DC and Palau participated in the development of the CCTC. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input at various stages from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.

States may voluntarily adopt the CCTC, which will complement and support other comprehensive college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and mathematics.

Click here and learn more about the CCTC online or visit www.careertech.org.

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